XP-YESSSSSSS

Dell's already awesome XPS 15 gets even better in 2017

Surface table meets Windows 10

Yes, we did put Windows 10 on the original Surface table ... and it rocks

Cream o' the crop

Before buying a Microsoft laptop, check out our pick for the absolute best

Simple and secure, just the way I like it

We think Windows 10 Cloud is a great idea, here's why

uber micro

Halo Wars 2 has something for everyone. Here's our full review.

Oldie but goldie

We reviewed Microsoft's decade-old Surface table

Creators Update comin' at ya

These are the coolest new features in the next big Xbox One update (video)

Buyer's guide

The Razer Blade 14 is the best laptop Razer has to offer

Windows 10 app gems

10 terrific Windows 10 apps you should be using

Tower of power

Here's what we think of Dell's XPS Tower Special Edition

Quite a deal

Grab the complete C# coding bootcamp for $41!

Your go-to laptop guide

Introducing our ultimate laptop buyer's guide

Listen here

Attn Android and iPhone users: What you need to know about Windows phone

Old is new?

The original Surface Pro still holds its own in the 2-in-1 world

Xbox Greenlight?

No, internet, Microsoft isn't opening Xbox to all UWP games

Falling in love

HP Envy 34 review: An ultrawide curved all-in-one after my heart

2015 machine in 2017?

Surface 3 still holds its own in 2017

Let Kodi cut your cord

You should be using Kodi for Windows 10

Leader of the pack

HP's Spectre x360 15 just might be the best all-around laptop

New or refurbed?

Is a refurbed Surface right for you?

< >
Welcome to the Windows Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. jd195's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    26 Posts
    Global Posts
    127 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #1  
    So, after two days of getting OK battery life (and playing with the phone most of the day) I was at work today and not able to look at the phone every 10 minutes. For reference, the phone came off the (wired) charger around 7:30 AM after charging all night.

    The first screenshot was a result of being mostly idle, about 20 minutes of LTE web browsing and downloading Skype.

    The second was after leaving work. Got a couple calls that I couldn't answer, listened to a voicemail, and checked texts and e-mail.

    The last one was taken after a bit more usage. Nothing too much, just checking the weather, about 10 minutes of phone calls and a couple texts.

    Now, I know I'm not much of a power user, but this same usage would have my SGS1 Epic 4g at anywhere from 40-60% depending on how good my signal strength was, but with the same usage habits. I know it's not a perfect test, but it gave me some hope after all the bad reviews the battery life's been getting.

    Anyone else seeing similar results?

    Edit: I should add, take these results with a grain of salt, as it was the first day I wasn't using the phone a lot throughout the day and I haven't had a chance to reproduce it yet. Should get more to add as the week goes on, though.
    Last edited by jd195; 11-12-2012 at 11:48 PM.
  2. GreekboyD's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    144 Posts
    Global Posts
    146 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #2  
    Good stuff. Wish they had a battery % feature rather than just the battery icon.
  3. nico002's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    103 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #3  
    What are your settings?
  4. jd195's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    26 Posts
    Global Posts
    127 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #4  
    Screen brightness is set to auto, wifi was off most of the day, bluetooth off, and gps on. Think that covers everything.
  5. nico002's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    103 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #5  
    what about email sync and background tasks?? (as the come, 30 mins, etc)
  6. ishredthecello's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    49 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #6  
    Quote Originally Posted by GreekboyD View Post
    Good stuff. Wish they had a battery % feature rather than just the battery icon.
    There is an App called "Battery Level for Windows Phone 8" try that. it's a little icon that you can pin to start screen...also can put it on your lock screen as an info button.

    Only thing I've noticed with it, is it doesn't display 100%, the phone is 100%, but the app displays 99%, not sure why, not a big deal.
  7. dkp23's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    1,494 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,529 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #7  
    Sorry, i have to ask, do you even use your phone? THose figures are just hard to believe.

    10 hours and still 90%?

    Also, when you toggle your battery saver on and off, does the estimated time change? On the focus S and 900, when i would toggle on, it would increase by a couple hours, when i do it with my 920 , the hours dont change at all.
  8. jd195's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    26 Posts
    Global Posts
    127 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #8  
    Quote Originally Posted by nico002 View Post
    what about email sync and background tasks?? (as the come, 30 mins, etc)
    Ah, right. I have 4 accounts set to either 1 hour or 2 hours, depending on the importance of the account. Haven't toyed around with limiting background tasks yet, so those are all defaults.

    Quote Originally Posted by dkp23 View Post
    Sorry, i have to ask, do you even use your phone? THose figures are just hard to believe.

    10 hours and still 90%?

    Also, when you toggle your battery saver on and off, does the estimated time change? On the focus S and 900, when i would toggle on, it would increase by a couple hours, when i do it with my 920 , the hours dont change at all.
    As I said, the first two were done during and after work where the phone was mostly sitting in my pocket, aside from my lunch break and a couple quick email, text, and voicemail checks. For me, the more impressive part was the improvement over my old phone with nearly identical usage.

    I didn't try toggling the battery saver on and off. I just leave it at that setting. The "time remaining" seems to be a little bit off, as it seems to be based on your average power usage since unplugging it, hence the ridiculous 13 day estimate in the first screenshot.
    Last edited by jd195; 11-12-2012 at 11:33 PM.
  9. jimski's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    2,254 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,259 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #9  
    Yep. If data was on all day I would have to call that incredible battery performance. 1.36% per hour with light-moderate usage. Means you can go 3+ days on a single charge.

    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express Pro
  10. bono5112's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    33 Posts
    Global Posts
    37 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #10  
    Hard to believe, that's the one thing that bothers me about this phone. I was expecting much better battery life then I'm getting
  11. jd195's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    26 Posts
    Global Posts
    127 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
       #11  
    Quote Originally Posted by jimski View Post
    Yep. If data was on all day I would have to call that incredible battery performance. 1.36% per hour with light-moderate usage. Means you can go 3+ days on a single charge.

    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express Pro
    Yeah. I was on LTE all day, just not really using it. As it stands, I'm still considering this an anomaly until I see it repeated a few times (and then I want to try using it as an mp3 player for a few days). I know this scenario isn't going to apply to everyone so I don't want to get anyone's hopes up too much, but for me, it could turn out nicely since my job isn't really conducive to playing with my phone.
  12. Ali Babba's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    162 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #12  
    Going to add my 0.02 here on my phone:

    Phone came off the wired charger around 11am, it's now 9pm and I have 72% remaining. Little use today - ~30 text messages, very quick calls, I played with it maybe 1-2 hrs total. Wifi was on (but not on a wifi network) so all data transfer was over cell. 2 email accounts setup to download every hour or so. I disabled all background tasks
  13. giantenemybird's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    156 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #13  
    I'm having great battery life and plan on posting a screen shot tonight.
  14. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    1,457 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,094 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #14  
    Quote Originally Posted by ishredthecello View Post
    There is an App called "Battery Level for Windows Phone 8" try that. it's a little icon that you can pin to start screen...also can put it on your lock screen as an info button.

    Only thing I've noticed with it, is it doesn't display 100%, the phone is 100%, but the app displays 99%, not sure why, not a big deal.
    I think all the app is doing is displaying the battery percentage as the number of notifications, and "maximum number of notifications" is probably 99.
  15. Beacio_mo's Avatar
    Member

    Posts
    60 Posts
    Global Posts
    170 Global Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    #15  
    I've found battery life to be great. Came from Android where I had to always close apps, turn off WiFi and Bluetooth anytime I could, and carry replacement batteries to last the day.

    With the 920, its been very easy to last the day. I unplugged mine at 8:00am, plugged it in once when using Drive for a 30 minute drive (barely charged from high brightness and screen on the whole time), and lasted until 12:30am. This was with moderate use too browsing websites, syncing 4 email accounts, music streaming, and other apps throughout the day.

    Reminds me of my iPhone days, everything just works!

Posting Permissions